Jamie Gillespie

1999

Object

Artist

Marc Quinn, British, 1964
Born: London, England
Work Locations: London, England

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.842

Medium/Technique

Sculpted marble and plinth

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 70 7/8 in, 180.0225 cm; width: 24 3/8 in, 61.9125 cm; depth: 20 1/16 in, 50.9588 cm; height: 7 7/8 in, 20.0025 cm; width: 24 3/8 in, 61.9125 cm; depth: 20 5/8 in, 52.3875 cm; weight,large_weight: 1200 lbs, 544.3108 kg

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Edition

2/3

Extended Info

Marc Quinn creates sculptures, paintings, and drawings that explore the relationship between art and science with an enduring focus on the human body and perceptions of beauty. He came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture, Self, which is a self-portrait bust filled with ten pints of his own frozen blood. 

This sculpture, created in 1999 as part of the series Marble, eight sculptures of men and women who were born with disabilities or have had limbs amputated. Jamie Gillespie survived a car accident that resulted in the amputation of the lower part of his left leg. As a consequence he gave up his career in the British Army, but he refused to allow the accident or end of his military service change how he perceived himself. He began to use a prosthetic limb and trained for the British Paralympic team. In this portrait sculpture Gillespie assumes a pose reminiscent of the valiant Greek and Roman heroes depicted in ancient sculpture. 

Exhibition History

  • "Focus: The Figure"—Denver Art Museum, 08/09/2008 - 02/2011